Soothing Shingles with Natural Remedies

Shingles can erupt at any time and can play havoc with your health. My experience with patients suggests that shingles often re-activates at times of stress and anxiety. Are you experiencing shingles and are you experiencing a sense of being unwell or rundown and tired?

If you are, you can adopt some naturopathy suggestions and ideas that may help you on your way to healing and soothing the pain, inflammation and general frustration of shingles on your body.

Shingles – Not Just an Ordinary Skin Condition

According to the US National Library of Medicine, “shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.”[1]

It is in fact a reactivation of the chicken pox virus which is stored in the body and can then be re-triggered by any number of factors including high stress and depression, loss of routine which then leads to illness, a weakened immune system and even a reaction to some medications.

Natural Products

Various allopathic medications can be very successful in treating and helping with the pain of shingles. However, if you would like to try the alternative modes of treatment that are offered by alternative health care practitioners there are many available to you.

Supplements that may help

A number of supplements can be taken for shingles and these may possibly help to keep your health and immune system strong enough so that it can work at fighting off the shingles outbreak.

  • Lysine is an effective amino acid that can strengthen and boost your body so that it can combat nasty viruses. It is an essential amino acid that is often used to treat cold sores (related to shingles virus).[2] For best absorption you can combine its intake with a good B vitamin and also Vitamin C which is excellent for healing.

Homeopathics and Herbs

Homeopathics and herbs may also be used on occasions by practitioners to help with shingles.

Some of the herbs that may be prescribed include:

  • Astralagus
  • Chamomile
  • Echinacea.

These may help to boost the immune system and may also help to maintain the pH balance of the ailing body.

  • Licorice.  This may be applied topically to the affected area. Licorice is said to soothe and also obstruct viral growth.

Sunlight and Natural Health

One of the simplest and best things you can do for your shingles is to get the affected area out into the sunlight for several minutes each day. Allow the sun and its rays to heal you and your body. Allow the universe to work its magic on you. It’s simple and free!

If you suffer shingles, speak with your natural remedy practitioner today or visit your health care practitioner for advice on treatments and medications.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001861/

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysine